Returning from Vanuatu, Rochelle will provide an update of her longitudinal study of economic and social impacts of the Recognising Seasonal Employer scheme (RSE). Additionally she will discuss her recent attendance at Horticulture New Zealand€™s 8th annual conference held in Apia, Samoa. She will share her contribution as well as some of the highlighted areas of concern and recommendations in regards to the seasonal program. Rochelle has also recently initiated research with ni-Vanuatu workers involved in Australia€™s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP). She will report some of the advantages, developments and concerns workers and various stakeholders discussed with her in regards to SWP.
About the presenter
Rochelle Bailey is a Research Fellow with the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program at The Australian National University. She has conducted ethnographical fieldwork in New Zealand and Vanuatu, where her research investigated social and economic outcomes of labour mobility associated with the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme (RSE) 2007-2015. She is currently engaged in a longitudinal study of labour mobility impacts of the RSE, alongside research on Australia€™s Seasonal Worker Program. Her research interests are the Pacific region, labour mobility, politics, economics and development.